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Hi I'm Mariah

Mother of three boys, a wife, and a sign language interpreter. I was born and raised a Jayhawk, and now living in Indianapolis.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mother with three boys--that should explain a lot about my daily life. Despite the challenges that being a busy mother poses, I am so grateful to God for trusting me with such an important responsibility and for the opportunity to rear a family with my husband. I believe this is one of God's most important tasks for us during our lives. Just think of all He does for us. He expects us to help our own families as He does. I went to school to become a sign language interpreter. I enjoy being outdoors, especially going to the zoo! I like sports--not watching, playing. My favorite is basketball--GO JAYHAWKS! I like to read fun books like Harry Potter. I love making holiday crafts with my mother and sisters and hanging out with my family when I can. I eat a lot of chocolate.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I truly believe in its doctrine. I grew up in the church and was raised on its belief's, but as I got older I had to figure out the truth of it for myself. The Holy Ghost is real and does speak to us personally. He guides us, especially as we seek inspiration from God. So, throughout my youth I was able to feel the Spirit's guiding influence. I gained my own testimony of the gospel, separate from the teachings of my parents (though I am a firm believer in how much that helps). I still have questions, though. That's why I am very grateful for and humbled by the fact that God is willing to help me with the questions I have NOW. I believe that this Church has the answers to life's big questions and has the true understanding of how to live so that we can be with our Father in Heaven again someday. I feel the Spirit when I pray, read the scriptures, and attend church. I feel God's love for me as I serve others and receive service. I believe it! It is true! That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I guess you could say I am trying to grow closer to the Savior daily. I do this through scripture study, prayer, church attendance, service, and by going to the temple. Prayer and scripture study are so important to creating a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Most of my "living my faith" happens in my home. Every day I'm trying to be just a little more kind, loving, forgiving, etc, than the day before. Some days are better than others (just picture three boys and the mischief they can create), but I believe that as I strive to live the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am slowly becoming the kind of person God wants me to be. I am grateful that no matter how often I slip up, I can access Christ's Atonement and receive forgiveness. Everyone in the world needs that.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Mariah
I believe that God answers us when we pray to Him for help or guidance. Luke 11:10-11,13 says: "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give athe Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" He loves us! Of course He wants to help us and point us in the right direction! How humbled I am when I think of all the prayers God has answered for me personally. Just recently I was really struggling with the adjustment of being a mother of two. I prayed for help and a spiritual boost, and God answered! He answered Joseph Smith's sincere prayer when he asked in faith. He will do the same for you. Pray in faith to Him! Read the scriptures! Ponder them! Then wait for His answer. It will come! Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Mariah
Our doctrine is that everyone needs baptism. Jesus Christ clearly showed us the importance of baptism through His own actions--by being baptized though He was sinless and did not need spiritual cleansing. Some might think, "Can't I just be a good person? God knows I'm trying to follow Him and do what is right. Do I really need church and baptism to get back to Heavenly Father!" If it was not important to our salvation and eternal happiness, Christ himself wouldn't have set the example for us to do it. All God's commandments show God's love for us. Something else that Mormonism teaches is that infants need no baptism. In the Church's Articles of Faith it states "We believe that men shall be punished for their own sins and not for Adam's transgression." Children are not born bearing the weight of Adam and Eve's transgression. Each of us has an opportunity to choose, whether that choice be good or bad. Babies don't have the capacity or understanding to make good and bad choices until they are older. Who can understand the eternal consequences of sin at such a young age! Heavenly Father does not punish little children for things they cannot understand, and so He does not require that they be baptized until they are able to understand good and evil and have the capacity to choose for themselves. I think this also shows the importance of baptism, because God expects us to make that covenant with Him when we are old enough to understand that we want to follow Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Mariah
If you don't even know what this is, here's an initial scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? For members of the LDS church, baptisms for the dead occur in temples. I personally search out my ancestors (computer research, etc) and I go to the Temple and am baptized in the place of that person. Heavenly Father loves ALL of His children and I believe He never intended only some to be saved. We know in the New Testament that baptism is a requirement for salvation. So God provided a way that those who have died (some perhaps never hearing a word about Christ in their whole lives) can be baptized. To me this just makes sense. All of God's children need to have this opportunity. Show more Show less